Ben, 23. Polycystic Kidney Disease
Kim, 46. Stargardt’s Disease.
Jean Coletta, 21. Melanoma.
Laura, 23. Esophageal Atresia.
Jason, 35. Lyme Disease.
Sarah, 20, and Joanne, 52. Endometreosis.
Bridget, 21. Crohn’s Disease.
Katherine, 21. Brachial Plexus Neurolysis Surgery.
Felicia, 22. Fibromyalgia.
Paul, 65. Stage 4 Lung Cancer.
Sara, 20. Heart Valve Surgery.
Mary, 51. Breast Cancer.
There is a human vulnerability that we all share, that transcends all cultural associations that we may have developed, and binds us as a species. At one point or another in every human life, we must come to terms with the connection we have to our own bodies. Through photographing, I hope to gain insight into this relationship we find within ourselves, faced with the unknowns associated with life’s eventual passing.
In a society where youth and bodily perfection is epitomized and illness is often overlooked, I seek to create a dialogue with those who suffer or who have suffered from chronic illness and trauma, to understand the lens of those who recognize the failures of their own bodies, who seek to carry on with their daily lives, in the midst of the heavy burdens that their own bodies create for them. I have lived in this space, balancing physical illness and a normal life ever since I was young. There is an immense beauty I see in a life challenged by illness, the beauty I see in each and every person that I have been privileged to talk with and photograph.
Juries went well =) I’m a little giddy…